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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Reactions: The Producers Tease What's Next

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 16th 2011 10:01PM
Holy sh*t! 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiereSo ... what'd you think of 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 premiere? Do you agree with my earlier expletive-laced assessment?

Yeah, you don't even have to answer that. Just wow.

Now that you've seen what everyone's been talking about, here are a few season premiere reactions from the show's new boss Glen Mazzara and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.

Warning: Major Season 2 premiere spoilers ahead!

The Season 2 premiere -- a sign of things to come
Kirkman: "This episode is a really good indicator of what's to come -- it really is non-stop shocks and twists, and it's gonna be a bit of a nail-biter, all the way to the 13th episode."

Alpert: "Honestly, every time I've see that ending scene ... it just kills me. We squeeze those characters so much in the premiere, and when you get to the end of that episode ... honestly there's not been one time I've seen it that it doesn't punch me in the gut. It doesn't punch me in the gut because it's a gory or disgusting scene -- it's because I'm a father. I look at that and my heart breaks. I've seen that one sequence 150 times at least, and every single time it's just as intense."

Hurd: "It's intense primarily because we're invested in the characters [now] ... what I love is watching people watch. The biggest scare [in the premiere] was when Carl is going to the truck to grab the bag of weapons. It's like, you care about Carl! You don't want something to happen to him! Since you connect with the characters, you connect with the jeopardy that they're experiencing. I hold my breath every time I see Andrea in that scene ... just wow."

Kirkman: "Season 2 is just jam-packed. It's a much bigger season than the first season. I don't know that I'd necessarily agree with the first season, but I will say that this is definitely a bigger season."

Mazzara: "We've done a lot of work designing the arc for the entire season -- all the way through -- so every episode will land with this punch. Whether or not there's zombie gags or action or emotional payoff, right now we don't have a bad episode in the can."

Kirkman: "Yes. We shoot a child at the end of every episode. [Laughs] If we were to follow the comic book exactly ... it would bore me to watch this show as a fan and know exactly what's going to happen. So while there was a scene where Carl got shot in the comic book in the second volume, it wasn't led up to in the same way it was in this episode. So even if you are a diehard fan of the comic book series, you're not expecting that. And that's the best of both worlds."

More gore!
Mazzara: "Somehow the gore makes sense here. These guys are really desperate -- would they gut a zombie? Yeah, why not! If you gutted a zombie, would it look like that? Well we asked the experts and they said yes. [Laughs] but we want to keep the show grounded ... I don't think it'll ever become a splatter-fest. That's not what we're about. There's a lot of character work here, and hopefully that's what people are responding to."

Hurd: "We also have Greg Nicotero, and we certainly want to give him as many opportunities to shine as possible."

Herschel & Maggie's farm
Kirkman: "They could get to the [Green] farm next episode or it could be the episode after that ... who knows when they're gonna get there? I don't want to nail anything down. [Laughs] There are certain hints of things that happen in the comic book series ... a lot of the key things that the fans are absolutely dying to see will eventually be worked into the series, but we're going on our own path and doing our own thing."

Zombie personalities?
Mazzara: "It depends on whose playing the zombies each week! [The smiling zombie in the church] actually did lead to a conversation ... zombies should not have personalities. They're re-animated corpses. That guy was scary, that was good, but ... "

Hurd: "Actually, that was just his face! I was on set, and we'd say 'Can you stop smiling?' but his mouth just does that. It would've been a very expensive digital fix to get him to frown."

Kirkman: "We've been playing a little bit with what zombies actually do when people aren't around. I've always thought that they either just sit around or go somewhere without knowing where they're going. We played with that with the herd that you saw ... different zombies do different things."

Old friends
"We're very mindful of the various cliffhangers that we've left out there, little plot threads that are still dangling, like Morgan and Merle. It's not something we're going to be ignoring."

'The Walking Dead' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on AMC

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Tammy Lynn Herring

i really loved the first season and the second season has me hooked!! but i have to admit, my favorite character is daryl. hes amazing and if i had to try and survive zombie's then i would want to be with him! :)

October 17 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patsy Blinn

I have seen Walking Dead season both but this season-2 is phenomenal.

October 16 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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